Hair Scarf 101: How To Keep Your Hair Healthy At Night

head shot of african american woman wearing head scarfWe black women LOVE our head scarf. Once we find a good one we keep it FOREVER. Literally. I think the longest I’ve kept a scarf was almost 7 years. It was the perfect size, and fit just right on my head. I didn’t realize how attached I was to that scarf until I lost it. Nevertheless, I eventually had to move on.

A hair scarf is a key part of a black woman’s hair care regimen. There are a few tips and reminders that I wanted to touch on.

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1. The Right Material

Make sure that the scarf you pick is the right texture. A silk scarf is the best option because it isn’t very porous, therefore it doesn’t absorb the moisture out of your hair like cotton or other materials would. Silk scarves can be costly, so other alternatives are satin or polyester.

2. Keep That Scarf Clean

If not kept clean, a hair scarf can become quite filthy. They will even begin to get a gritty texture and develop an old sock smell. In order to keep your scarf, and your hair, fresh, you should hand wash your scarf at least once a week, prior to your shampoo day.

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3. Don’t Wear It Too Tight

Ever wake up in the morning and have indentations on your forehead from where your scarf rested on your head? This is a sign that you are tying your scarf entirely too tightly. It isn’t necessary to tie it that tight. If you are having issues with it falling off while you sleep, try wrapping it on a different way such as in the front instead of the back or using one knot instead of two. If you are feeling your heartbeat around your hairline with your scarf on, that’s also a sign that you have it too tight.

4. Brush your hair out before bed
One of the best things that you can do for your hair is to brush or comb it before turning in for the night. Use a…